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Mike Hall

I’m a former West Virginia newspaper reporter, staff writer for the United Mine Workers Journal and managing editor of the Seafarers Log. I came to the AFL- CIO in 1989 and have written for several federation publications, focusing on legislation and politics, especially grassroots mobilization and workplace safety. When my collar was still blue, I carried union cards from the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers, American Flint Glass Workers and Teamsters for jobs in a chemical plant, a mining equipment manufacturing plant and a warehouse. I’ve also worked as roadie for a small-time country-rock band, sold my blood plasma and played an occasional game of poker to help pay the rent. You may have seen me at one of several hundred Grateful Dead shows. I was the one with longhair and the tie-dye. Still have the shirts, lost the hair.

Moral Monday’s Focus on Education Gets Lawmaker’s Attention

Photo via Hannah Rose Mendoza's facebook page

More than 1,000 North Carolinians called on the state legislature to restore funding for public school students’ education and to back off its attack on teachers’ rights and its support of school privatization in a Moral Monday rally at the state Capitol in Raleigh.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Tuesday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Teachers at Chávez Academy Bargain First Contract

CCA ACTS photo

The more than 130 education professionals who work at the César Chávez Academy (CCA), the largest charter school in Detroit, reached their first collective bargaining agreement last week. The teachers, counselors and social workers are members of The César Chávez Academy Alliance of Charter Teachers & Staff (CCA ACTS).

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No More West, Texas: Obama Administration Begins Move on New Chemical Safety Rules

The Obama administration issued on Friday a new report outlining new chemical safety and security regulations and policies that—if enacted—could help protect the more than 130 million people who live nearby or work in the nearly 3,400 U.S. facilities that manufacture chemicals, refine petroleum, generate electric power and others that use or store hazardous chemicals.

 

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Monday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Monday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Economy Adds 217,000 New Jobs in May

Economy Adds 217,000 New Jobs in May

The economy added 217,000 new jobs in May, a drop from April’s 288,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.3%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Friday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Labor Department Opens Door for Review of Denied Black Lung Cases by Controversial Hopkins Doctor

	  Retired miner Steve Day, 67, needs supplemental oxygen 24 hours a day to breathe. Photo by F. Brian Ferguson/courtesy of Center for Public Integrity

The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered its officials who determine if coal miners are eligible for black lung benefits to no longer rely on the medical opinion of the Johns Hopkins doctor, ABC News reports, “whose work for coal companies helped lead to benefits being denied to thousands of miners over the last two decades.”

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Walmart Strikers March on 'Home Office'

Walmart Strikers March on 'Home Office'

Striking Walmart workers today are taking their call for Walmart to end its retaliation against and bullying of workers who speak out to the company’s “Home Office” in Bentonville, Ark. The action follows Wednesday’s strikes in more than 20 cities across the nation and precedes Friday’s annual shareholders meeting in Fayetteville, Ark.

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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